Portsmouth's lead cut to three after Dons' victory


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  • Thursday, 06 Mar 2003

LONDON: Midfielder Gareth Ainsworth scored three minutes from time to give Wimbledon a 2-1 home win over leaders Portsmouth in the English First Division on Tuesday. 

Wimbledon recovered from a 26th-minute Paul Merson strike to equalise through Patrick Agyemang in the 66th. 

Portsmouth, losing away in the league away for the first time since September, are now only three points in front of second-placed Leicester City, held 0-0 at Bradford City. 

On-loan striker Darren Huckerby scored two early goals to inspire Nottingham Forest to a 4-1 win at Gillingham that lifted them into third place, the highest of the four promotion playoff places, on goal difference. 

Forest are on 58 points, 15 behind Portsmouth, 12 behind Leicester and level with Sheffield United, 4-1 winners at Grimsby, and Reading, who did not play. Wolverhampton Wanderers are sixth on 55 in the lowest playoff berth. 

Huckerby, who struck in the seventh and 17th minutes, took his tally to three in two matches after equalising against Watford on his Forest debut in a 1-1 draw on Saturday following his loan move from Premier League Manchester City. 

Marlon Harewood and John Thompson, with a header, added further goals for Forest before Rod Wallace pulled one back. – Reuters 

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